The Shipwreck Galleries, Fremantle

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Take a tour through Western Australian maritime history as you explore vessels salvaged from the sea at the The Shipwreck Galleries. This museum is recognized as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the Southern Hemisphere. See relics, such as cannons, hulls, and engines, from shipwrecks, dating back to the 17th century. Keep an eye out for the original Dutch vessel Batavia, which sank off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. Convicts built the museum in the 1850s, and today it sits in the heart of Fremantle's historic West End. Make The Shipwreck Galleries a part of your Fremantle vacation plans using our Fremantle attractions planner .
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  • Very interesting free useful including the wreck of the Batavia. Lots of exhibits and detail including lots of coins and other artefacts recovered from the sea. Well worth visiting if in Fremantle  more »
  • This museum is so interesting and well organized, even kids we brought here were easily engaged. The Batavia always impresses -- both the story and the ship itself, salvaged after 400 years on the oce...  more »
  • Great museum with lots to see, particularly for kids, and it’s free! The staff are really friendly and helpful and there is a trail on offer for young children throughout the museum. Would definitely ...  more »
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  • A good museum worth visiting. It reminds us how people in the ancient period operate vessels and communicate with others. It can be a good source of research in order to know diffetent parts of ships and their functionalities. There are digital information as well of you are interested. You can catch blue cat from Fremantle station to get there. It will drop you just infront of the museum.
  • Pretty good museum. It catches the history of our coast well. If you like this museum try to find the time to look at Geraldton Museum as well. It has great video on discovering the wrecks.
  • Inexpensive way to check out some naval history surrounding Western Australia. The amazing salvage of the 'Batavia' wreck is the star of the museum.
  • Very interesting and well set up. Informative. Great to look at and review the history of the area.
  • Amazing place to visit.... learning about the history of the ill-fated voyage of the Batavia.

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A good alternative to staying in busy Perth, the port city of Fremantle offers atmospheric lodgings in many of its well-preserved buildings from the 19th century. Available for both long and short stays in the city, these rental properties offer lots of privacy and all the modern conveniences you need, all just a walk away from the city's main attractions. If you're traveling on a budget, consider Fremantle's mid-range hotels and backpacker hostels, many of which you'll find near the main train station.
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